Salted Vanilla Butterscotch Shortbread Bars

Salted Vanilla Butterscotch Shortbread Bars
Staff Writer
Jessie Oleson

This is a perfect bar cookie. It's a buttery, butterscotchy, rich and gooey, nutty-crunchy, and then oh my god there's salt on top sort of treat.

16
Servings
36
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 24 shortbread cookies, such as Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • One 10-ounce bag butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 Cup light corn syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Teaspoons cream
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • Coarse sea salt, to taste

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8- or 9-inch square baking pan.

Combine the cookies and melted butter in a food processor or blender with a pulse mode. Press it into the pan. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until lightly golden on the edges. Remove from the oven.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the butterscotch chips, corn syrup, butter, cream, and vanilla. Cook and stir over medium heat until smooth.

Spread over crust. Sprinkle with the nuts; press down lightly. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until topping is bubbly and lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Cut into bars.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
1g
1%
Sugar
2g
2%
Cholesterol
7mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
3g
2%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin A, RAE
1µg
0%
Calcium, Ca
3mg
0%
Folate, total
1µg
0%
Magnesium, Mg
3mg
1%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
24mg
3%
Selenium, Se
2µg
4%
Sodium, Na
169mg
11%
Water
15g
1%

Salt Shopping Tip

Salt enhances food by adding depth and accentuating existing flavors. Be sure to have a couple types in your cupboards. Regular iodized salt for the table is typical; sea salt is also a great investment.

Salt Cooking Tip

Bland food is never good. Be sure to season every layer of your food while cooking.